The Pros, the Cons, and the Facts About the 5 Best Built In Pellet Grills For 2021

Best Built In Pellet Grills - The Grilling Life

In the vast universe of barbecue, charcoal and gas-powered grills are the go-to models representing a $1.2 billion industry.

Or are they?

With the emergence of pellet grills, outdoor cooks have an exciting new opportunity.

A pellet grill is a grill built with a self-feeding pellet hopper attached to the side of the built-in pellet grill body and uses an open channel and motorized rotating auger which uses combustion (gravity and force) to move the pellets towards the heat source, or igniter.

What is an Auger; just a metal rod that resembles a drill bit. Augers move loose material in a spiral motion, similar to a conveyor belt.

The brilliance of cooking with a pellet grill is that you get the combination of a smoker, charcoal or gas grills, and an oven.

Pellet grills use 100% all-natural hardwood pellets as fuel. And as the pellets pass through the auger, you can cook with direct or indirect heat.

We’ll explain the different ways to utilize heat in a pellet grill, to get the very best results.

You’ll learn a lot of information about cooking using radiant heat in our Why Buy a Built-in Pellet Grill and Rating Criteria sections and in the Individual Reviews of each of our 5 best built-in pellet grills for 2021.

So, if you’re thinking about purchasing a new built-in grill, there is a popular new model from which to select! The built-in pellet grill has joined the ranks.

As you read through our 5 best built-in pellet grills for 2021 article, we’ll explain why this guide will be helpful for you. So that you’re armed with the right information when you decide to take it to the next level – visit some local grill stores, and prepare to purchase.

Next up, we’ll give you our rating criteria – with essential factors like value, construction, design, style, innovation, and the different ways heat functions in a pellet grill for optimal cooking and utterly delicious foods.

And of course, we’ll also share two vital details to consider when making any significant investment for your outdoor kitchen space: the manufacturer’s warranty and the customer service each pellet grill manufacturer provides its customers.

You’ll read some actual feedback from pellet grill owners too!

Plus, in each of the best 5 built-in pellet grill reviews, we include some of our personally curated pros and cons, so you’ll have the most complete and comprehensive overview.

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Why Buy A Built In Pellet Grill

We want to say Why Not and leave it at that but doing so wouldn’t be fair to you.

There’s a lot to tell you about the built-in pellet grill, and we’re excited to share all the details. So, why buy a pellet grill. First and foremost, for flexibility.

Built-in pellet grills let you smoke, grill, bake, and sear. Some models in our reviews of the 5 best Built-In Pellet Grills For 2021 have additional features not found on traditional built-in charcoal or gas grills. Stay tuned for those, so keep reading.

When an outdoor cooking appliance offers you the most options to cook different foods simultaneously, that alone is worth the price of admission.

Built-in pellet grills offer the same fantastic functionality as outdoor pizza ovens. Please read our article on outdoor pizza ovens HERE.

The second reason to consider owning and cooking with a built-in pellet grill is THE PELLETS! You have so many flavor profiles to consider because the pellets you can use to cook with come in a variety of so many incredible “flavors.”

Yes, you can smoke your favorite meats on a charcoal grill and even some gas built-in grills, BUT you simply can’t do so with the precision of the built-in pellet grill’s auger and your ability to mix different pellets and control the amount you feed into the auger while you’re cooking.

The third reason you want to consider buying a built-in pellet grill is the ease of convenience the grill provides you. With one-touch push-button ignition, no need for lighter fluid, no guessing how much charcoal to use, no propane runs, and the convenience of using about 20 pounds of pellets for 20 hours of cooking, you’re spending less time fussing to fire up the grill, and spending less money to keep your grill fueled and at the ready when you want to cook.

The fourth but not the final reason you want to consider a built-in pellet grill for your outdoor kitchen is optimal temperature accuracy. Pellet grills have shown to “stay within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if it’s 10 degrees or 110 degrees outside.”

So, in conclusion, the top 4 reasons you want to consider a built-in pellet grill are, but not limited to:

  1. FUNCTIONALITY – Simultaneously cook different foods.
  2. FLAVOR PROFILE – Mix and control multiple flavors.
  3. CONVENIENCE – Ease-of-use, one-touch ignition, long burning.
  4. CONSISTENCY – Pellet grills hold optimal temperatures longer.

As we dive in further, we’ll keep you in the loop with other great reasons to consider a pellet grill. 

Up next, why this buyer’s guide will be helpful for you when you consider adding a built-in pellet grill to your outdoor kitchen.

Why This Guide Will Be Helpful For You

After reading this guide, you will be armed with all the information you’ll need to make an informed decision on your next purchase.  Consider this guide as a checklist for all the categories you should take into consideration before buying.
“As always, my goal is to save you time and money by doing all the research and testing for you, so you don’t have to.”

Choosing the perfect Built In Pellet Grill can be tough.  What should you look for in a good built in pellet grill?  How much should you spend on the best products?  I’ll try to answer those questions, and several more, in the information below.

Because pellet grills and smokers are becoming more common, it helps to pay attention to the details of each option and comparison shop before you make a final pick.

But with such a large number of products to choose from, it can still get confusing trying to decide which one best fits your needs, let alone your budget.  It all comes down to being informed on the different choices to help you decide which one is best for you.

That’s where I come in.

There is a broad range in prices depending on features and brands.  Using this guide, I am confident you will find exactly what you are looking for in a built in pellet grill for your outdoor living space.

This product overview acts as a buyer’s guide to five of the best built in pellet grills on the market today.

I’ll show you what features to look for and give you several excellent options for pellet grills with a wide range of prices along the way.  My choices are also backed by many strong experts and user reviews so you can count on them.

”Make sure to keep reading after the final review for a buyer’s guide to help you with your decision when it’s time to make your purchase.”

The Rating Criteria – How We Rate These Pellet Grills

Unlike propane, gas, and charcoal grills, pellet grills tend to be in a league of their own. Many built-in pellet grills have super-sophisticated temperature control systems, with plug-in meat probes and seamless Wi-Fi technology.

Built-in pellet grills automatically feed wood flavored pellets towards a heat source, which ignites the pellets and thus creates the smoke.

When you cook using a pellet grill, it’s a whole new type of set-it-and-forget-it cooking.

The distribution of radiant heat in a built-in pellet grill is WHY you want to learn about them and ultimately cook with one. Built-in pellet grills rely on one thing: the number of pellets feeding from the hopper and into the firepot.

Pellet grills use electricity to power practically all grill’s components. Once you push the start button and prime the pellet grill, 5 minutes later, your grill is heating towards perfect cooking temperatures. And when you do reach that optimal radiant temperature, sit back and let the magic happen.

Up next, find out why the value of a built-in pellet grill is most important. Then learn about the construction, design & style, and innovation that sets the built-in pellet grill apart from other built-in grills.

We’ll go deep into cooking performance, so you have a comprehensive understanding of how pellet grills use electricity and a motorized system to get the pellets where they need to be to burn and get those quality smoky flavors you crave.

We’ll wrap up our rating criteria section with important customer service and warranty information to consider. Since built-in pellet grills are relatively newer in the outdoor cooking market, understanding who to talk to, how easy it is to speak to someone about your built-in pellet grill, and precisely what the warranty covers gives you the peace of mind you deserve for such a significant investment.

Okay, let’s get started with our rating criteria. So, when you’re shopping for a built-in pellet grill or one from our list of the top 5 for 2021, you know what’s up!

We use the below expert rating criteria as we reviewed and tested the pellet grills from brands we trust, use, and love.

The main criteria we took into consideration when reviewing these built in wood pellet grills are:

Value

Although you may be surprised by the price tag of a built-in pellet grill, don’t be intimidated. Go in knowing that you’re purchasing a very versatile outdoor cooking appliance.

In our research, we discovered that built-in pellet grill manufacturers maximize value versus quality. Although, this doesn’t make much sense considering the construction of many pellet grills is so reliable.

From the grill body, the burners, grates, and all motorized parts which turn the auger and rotisserie (if featured), and everything else under the hood, these pellet grills are made using only the finest solid stainless steel.

Quality assurance is the method that a company uses ‘to check that the standard of its services or goods is high enough.”

If pellet grill manufacturers aim high, and if, as an outdoor griller, you aim high and desire to cook on a grill that gives you the very best results, you can bet on the value that your new pellet grill provides will be there for a lifetime.

Construction

Whether you’re the occasional novice weekend griller or already a seasoned outdoor cook, the construction of your pellet grill – or any other outdoor cooking appliance – should never find itself compromised by inclement weather.

Look at the details behind the manufacturing. Starting with the grade of steel. How is it welded/Does the description say arc-welded and seamless? It should.

If it says the steel is molded, riveted, or jointed anywhere in the description, be wary, and then walk away.

Anywhere a metal or steel seam comes together is a moisture magnet. You wouldn’t cook on a scratched non-stick pan or a rusted cast iron skillet.

Design & Style

Although this is my personal opinion if you wake up one morning determined to purchase a built-in pellet grill, grab a measuring tape, and walk outside to the backyard first.

Look at your counter space. Every built-in grill has a set of cutout measurements separate from the actual measurements of the grill. Make sure to account for the extra room you’ll need for a comfortable fit.

Depending on how close to the house your outdoor kitchen is, or how close you want the built-in pellet grill to the house or patio overhang, an insulated jacket, or another type of rolled insulation as a safety measure.

If insulation is necessary, the owner’s manual will advise you on what to measure and purchase.

And if not building in a pellet grill turns out to be the case, no worries. Pellet grills come in freestanding versions.

When a manufacturer offers a freestanding pellet grill, we’ll be sure to include that information – and the design features – in the product review.

Innovation

So why all the buzz about the built-in pellet grill? Well, when you configure a cooking appliance that uses all-natural hardwood pellets moved electronically from a unique hopper to a fire pot at the center of the grill by an auger, where they automatically ignite and feed the flames and add delicious wood-fired flavor to your food. A fan circulates heat and smoke for even, consistent cooking, and a drip tray keeps flames off your food and prevents flare-ups.

Hopper Capacity

Is there a basic rule to consider regarding the pellet hopper capacity when looking at built-in pellet grills?

YES.

Consideration #1: Your pellet grill hopper should hold the maximum amount of pellets to last the entire cooking process without ever having to refill the hopper.

Consideration #2: Back to the construction criteria. Is the hopper engineered well enough to feed all of the pellets into the auger system?

The pellet hopper is typically box-shaped and bolted to the side of the grill body. Fill the hopper, and you’re good to go, right?

If you ALWAYS have fresh pellets resting at the bottom of the hopper when at the end of each cooking cycle, the auger may not be receiving the pellets correctly. Which means the grill may start cooling down.

If you assume the hopper is feeding the auger correctly and don’t know it, it will affect how future food cooks.

SO! Here’s the deal. The auger can “run dry” or leave fresh pellets resting in the base. Some hoppers have a sloped bottom, which auto-feeds every last pellet into the auger.

Others, those flat-bottomed hoppers, need a little TLC to keep them at peak performance.

Check the front door, ash pan door, or hopper lid to see if the venting is blocked.

Check the vacuum switch that feeds the pellets into the auger. Maintaining the right amount of torque is vital. The auger and motor must couple correctly.

And, of course, clean the pellet hopper regularly, meaning each time you cook. Pellets left in the grill will rot.

Moral of the Hopper Story: Don’t be FUEL-ISH!

Cooking Performance

At the heart of a grill lives the cooking performance. The brilliance of a pellet grill is the start-it-and-forget-it heat technology. What that means precisely, we will explain in the next three sections. 

Even/Optimal Heat – this type of heat refers to WHEN you’re cooking (EVEN), letting the grill “do its thing” to reach the highest temperature for the foods to be cooked, and/or THE MOMENT you get to the highest temperature and let the food finish cooking (OPTIMAL).

Starting a charcoal grill means dousing the coals with fluid, igniting and waiting (and waiting) for the coals to burn hot and white, then spreading them evenly under the grates. 

Starting a gas grill means typically pushing a button to ignite, waiting a moment for the briquettes to respond, and then turning a dial, achieving even heat within minutes.

Starting a pellet grill means turning on the hopper, allowing the pellets to move towards a fire pot and igniter by way of the auger. Through combustion and airflow (from the fan), the pellets begin to smoke and heat the grill, EVENLY! 

Think about it; a pellet grill gives you an automated fuel and air delivery system with built-in temperature control. Brilliant!

  • Low Heat

Okay, so, the hopper is on, the temperature set, the auger turning, the pellets smoking. Now what? Great question. With most pellet grills, you can get to smoke in around 2 minutes. Within 5 minutes, the fire in the firepot will start to roar.

Pellet grills reach temperatures hotter than desired. The trick to low and slow pellet grill cooking is understanding how the timer works and how the hopper feeds the auger. You want to have a consistent amount of pellets in the firepot.

If you feel that the pellet grill is running too hot, move delicate foods up towards the hood, on a warming rack, and turn the pellet grill off for about 15 minutes. Close the lid to retain the heat. Foods will continue to cook. Be mindful.  

With a little practice and trial and error on a few hamburgers and hot dogs and you’ll be a pellet grill pitmaster in no time. 

  • High Heat

Turn the dial, right? Pretty much, however, remember that your pellet grill may use probes so you can temp different cuts of meat simultaneously. Or the cooking surface might be tiered, so from top-to-bottom, you may be grilling, heating, smoking, and searing delicate vegetables, fish fillets, whole chickens, prime ribs, hamburgers, and chops.

Always be mindful of the internal temperature, and understand how quickly the pellet grill heats up and the best ways to control the heat if you need a cool down.

Customer Service

When you don’t know, where do you go? To the people that do know. Nothing beats fantastic customer support.

From the early stages when you’re shopping built-in pellet grills, when you’re measuring the cut out for the grill to fit, and having fun collecting all the accessories and other appliances and add-ons, a knowledgeable, helpful, and accessible customer support team is essential.

In each of our reviews, we spell out different ways to reach the grill company’s support network and how customers have responded to that support.

Warranty And Company Reputation

Which brings us to the written guarantee section of this article! Always consider the manufacturer’s warranty before purchasing a pellet grill. Reputable manufacturing companies always stand behind the quality and durability. Your pellet grill should feature the best warranty available.

Warranties can range from 1-year to a lifetime. Know your warranty and register your pellet grill with the manufacturer within the first 30 days, before you ignite and get cooking.

The more you get to know our passion for grilling and cooking, the more you’ll read about our advice about how essential it is to read the fine print in the owner’s manual that accompanies your pellet grill purchase. 

And when in doubt, ask questions! 

Visit one of a thousand pellet grill forums online, email or call the manufacturer, or visit a local grill retailer. Take pictures of any of the parts of your pellet grill you want more information about. This way, if you email or LiveChat with a service representative, you can attach the image without describing it as “that thing-a-thingy with the thing on it.”

Make sure you know precisely which parts of your pellet grill the manufacturer will replace under warranty.

You’ll find all the warranty information in each of our 5 best built-in pellet grill reviews.

Real User Feedback And Reviews

Besides us, who better tell you how a built-in pellet grill performs than the barbecue and smoking enthusiast that owns a pellet grill!

While the warranty certainly stands behind the manufacturer’s promises, it’s the real user feedback that puts the proof in the pudding.

Outdoor cooks are transparent and tell it straight. If a review says, “best pellet grill ever,” or “the attention to detail on this pellet grill makes it the best value around,” best believe, it’s coming from a user excited to share their opinion. To pass along some nuggets of wisdom so you are well informed about your built-in pellet grill purchase.

We share each pellet grill’s pros and cons in our reviews and constructive and helpful user reviews and feedback.

The Top 10 Best Built In Pellet Grills

Using the above criteria, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best built in pellet grills to act as a guide.

The list includes a variety of pellet grills, prices, sizes, and features. You will discover a range of prices to fit every budget.

Whether you’re looking to host a big backyard cookout or just feeding a small family, it’s the fantastic features that each of our top 5 built-in pellet grills offer that put them over the top.

Some features are similar; others are proprietary to the manufacturer.

Either way, they heat up evenly, cook favorite foods to perfection, and all of these wood pellet grills rival commercial grade construction!

It’s these innovative features that make our top 10 best built-in pellet grills of 2021 an exciting choice to add to your cooking and grilling experience.

It would be best if you always do your due diligence, however. Don’t be swayed by salespeople and never buy a pellet grill on-sight.

On to my picks for 2021!

“Editor’s Choice – Best Built In Pellet Grill Overall”

#1 Twin Eagles Wi-Fi Controlled Built-In Stainless Steel Pellet Grill and Smoker

Editors’ Choice
Twin Eagles Wi-Fi Controlled Built-In Stainless Steel Pellet Grill and Smoker - Best Built In Pellet Grills

🔥HOT FEATURES:

✅ Premium-grade 304 stainless steel build

✅ Seamless heli-arc welded construction

✅ Double-lined hood with 304 stainless steel gasket

✅ Touchscreen controls & Wi-Fi enabled controller

✅ Radiant heat briquette tray

✅ Lump charcoal tray included

✅ Front load 13-lb capacity pellet hopper

✅ Three (3) temperature probes

If you’re looking for large, sleek and weatherproof; an all-in-one ready to bake, grill, sear, and rotisserie your favorite foods, then the Twin Eagles Wi-Fi controlled built-in stainless steel pellet grill and smoker is a sure bet to achieve ultimate barbecue success!

Twin Eagles uses 304 stainless steel with seamless heli-arc welded construction. The exterior of the pellet grill glows brightly with Twin Eagles signature hi-polished accents. It will have the neighbors saying, “WOW!”

The Twin Eagles built-in pellet measures 36″ W x 25″ D x 31.64″ H and weighs 320 pounds.

Open the spring-assisted, double-lined, braided 304 gasket-sealed stainless steel hood, using the full length welded stainless steel handle. The lid’s unique design “creates the perfect insulation and seal for maximum heat retention.” 

Discover a generous 2,150 square inches of cooking surface area on a 3-tiered stainless steel cooking rack system. The bottom level measures 610 sq inches, second-level, 400 sq inches, and the third level, the warming rack, 195 sq inches.

We’re talking steaks, burgers, chicken, vegetables, even a pot of beans grilling, warming, and cooking simultaneously. 

This Twin Eagles pellet grill uses a variable speed fan and heavy-duty 120V auger motor to let you have complete temperature control. 

You can manually set temperatures from 140º to 725º or select 26 preprogrammed food icons, with multiple doneness levels on the digital temperature control panel.

You can also select between rare and well done for each item you’re cooking and grilling.

Once you’ve got your desired temperatures for the type of meat, you get to discover all the ways the Twin Eagle pellet can cook your food.

Cooking Features/Grill Modes

We mentioned the all-in-one functionality of the twin Eagle built-in pellet grill in the introduction. Now, let’s break down those cooking features.

  • Smoke – Most of your cooking will require the SMOKE feature, which will infuse moderately smoky flavors into the food.
  • Smoke Plus – With the touch of a button, a blast from the high-powered fan means more smoke flavor. Infuse that food!
  • Sear – Touch the sear button and watch the Twin Eagles turn up the heat. Get that perfect char or crust on those pork chops and New York cuts.
  • Charcoal – The removable fire pot allows you to start the charcoal in the stainless steel charcoal tray for direct-heat cooking. After the charcoal ignition, the fan stokes the charcoal to higher temperatures when you need an extra blast of optimal heat.

Get even more flavor infused into the food automatically with the built-in 16-gauge stainless steel vaporizer plate. During the food cooking process, the drippings turn into steam, fall to the vaporizer plate, and by the pellet grill’s process of convection cooking, add extra levels of smoky flavor to your already delicious barbecue!

And if it couldn’t get any better, Twin Eagles offers this built-in pellet grill with a rotisserie feature! Same solid stainless steel construction.

This pellet grill has a Fully integrated motor with a strong 100 pound turning capacity. Uniform rotation makes every square inch of those whole chickens crispy and brown!

Touchscreen Control

The weatherproof touchpad control screen on the Twin Eagles is so sophisticated; you’ll wonder why you haven’t been outdoor cooking with this type of technology all along.

When you combine Twin Eagle’s three unique food probes with an advanced touchscreen cooking system, and, well, you can’t go wrong.

The probe port and digital screen are built-in next to one another on the pellet grill’s front panel. The internal temperature gauge looks like a high-tech digital sports car odometer. The display even indicates when pellets are running low, so you don’t lose out on vital cooking temperatures.

After turning on the grill, it will cycle into STANDBY mode, and THIS is where the magic begins!

For each type of meat you cook, the control panel can be sent digitally to the correct temperature and time, which works in tandem with the probes. The probes alert you ON YOUR PHONE both the internal temperature as the foods cook and when the food has reached safe and optimal “time to eat” temperatures.

Twin Eagles Wi-Fi Controlled Built-In Stainless Steel Pellet Grill and Smoker Touch Screen Controller
Twin Eagles Wi-Fi Controlled Built-In Stainless Steel Pellet Grill and Smoker Phone App

Cool, huh?!

The analog thermometers of old now use a SmartPhone app on this masterpiece of a pellet grill!

With the Wi-Fi enabled technology, you’ll know the exact temperature of multiple foods grilling/smoking/cooking at a glance.

Be hands-free to whip up the salads or chill until everything cooks to perfection.

Unique Features:

Twin Eagles 16-gauge stainless steel, the built-in hopper has a very generous front-loading 13-pound capacity. 

The pellets assist the radiant heat briquette tray or the lump charcoal tray, depending on your desired form of fuel cooking. 

The Twin Eagles built-in pellet grill also features:

  • Two (2) independent drip tray drawers with removable and disposable pans
  • Additional storage for all your Twin Eagles or other favorite grill accessories. 
  • Three (3) hanger hooks to suspend your meat over the grill surface for even cooking and smoke flavor. Simply brilliant. 
  • Grill has a removable burner pot for easy cleaning and maintenance.

The bright internal halogen lights take the barbecue next level for all late evening and nighttime cooks!

Notable Accessories & Upgrades:

  • Pellet storage drawer – Available for built-in applications only. 
  • Freestanding grill base available.
  • Insulating jacket.
  • Custom vinyl cover.
PROs

The grill has an impressive and solid 304 and 16-gauge stainless steel construction.

Intuitive and innovative digital probe/temperature control system.

Twin Eagles functionality: Direct and indirect cooking/smoking, plus extra smoke setting and 360° indirect heat hooks.

One-touch Smoke Plus mode makes the fan immediately kick into high gear.

Grilling versatility using the interchangeable charcoal (grill) and ceramic briquette (sear) trays.

CONS

Minimal manufacturer customer support

While some grillers and chefs find the Twin Eagles built-in pellet grill to offer outstanding performance and versatility, other users feel that this pellet grill is better than a smoker.

Customer Support: Online service and tech support questions answered via a fill-in form. The manufacturer offers many DIY videos: no live chat or phone support.

Warranty: Model #TEPG36G arrives at your home with a lifetime warranty on the stainless steel burners and grill body free from defects. Please review the 5-, 2-, and 1-year warranties that accompany the Twin Eagles pellet grill products.

Twin Eagles makes a reliable, dependable, versatile built-in pellet grill, offering outdoor cooks an incredible value!

“Top Pick – Best Built In Pellet Grill”

#2 Memphis Grills Elite Wi-Fi Controlled 304 Stainless Steel Built-In Pellet Grill

Top Pick
Memphis Grills Elite Wi-Fi Controlled 304 Stainless Steel Built-In Pellet Grill - Best Built In Pellet Grills

🔥HOT FEATURES:

✅ Commercial-quality stainless steel build

✅ Double wall construction

✅ Dual convection fan system

✅ 6mm nickel-plated steel cooking rods

✅ Integrated Wi-Fi controller and free Memphis Mobile App

✅ Direct Flame Insert

✅ Dual automatic augers

✅ 24-lb capacity pellet hopper

Memphis Grills sums up their products in two words: Big and bold. That means the Elite Wi-Fi Controlled built-in pellet grill is a welcome addition to any outdoor kitchen.

Constructed with double-walled and sealed 304 solid stainless steel and buffed to a matte brushed finish, the Elite is a sleek-looking built-in pellet grill. All seals and gaskets used to manufacture the hood and grill body are oven-grade.

The Elite measures 28″ H x 39″ W x 29″ D and weighs 165 pounds.

Set the Elite temperature range between 180° – 700° F. Memphis Grills’ unique Intelligent Temperature Control with Wi-Fi™ works seamlessly with your SmartPhone and the free Memphis Mobile app.

Memphis Grills includes a 10-foot wire to connect the grill to the Intelligent Temperature Control (ITC).

Intelligent to the point that “when the grill reaches the desired temperature, the ITC automatically reduces the grill temperature to warm.”

PRO PELLET GRILL TIP: The ITC Wi-Fi temperature control system is not integrated into the grill’s body. It is a separate box that must be flush wall-mounted. Metal jack inserts included.

Choose the alternate Elite freestanding model (+$300), which has two shelves flanking the grill and a built-in Wi-Fi temperature control system if a separate wall mount isn’t an option.

The Memphis Grills Elite 28-inch built-in pellet grill offers indirect and direct flame modes depending on the foods you’re cooking. Elite’s 4-inch dual-convection fans direct radiant heat 360° up, over, and under the food while it cooks.

The Elite boasts a generous “20 burgers” cooking surface measuring 1274 square inches. Food touches down on heavy-duty 8mm stainless steel cooking rods.

Never worry about refilling the pellet hopper while you’re cooking. Memphis Grills builds the Elite 28-inch built-in pellet grill with a large 24 lb. pellet hopper and dual augers.

Memphis Grills claims that a 20-pound bag of pellets is equivalent to the burning time and cost of a propane tank. Cooking on the Memphis pellet grill at 350 degrees burns 1.5 lbs. of pellets per hour. FYI, that is the equivalent of 36 hours of uninterrupted grill time.

Take that flavorless propane!

You can get creative with the Memphis Grills Elite built-in pellet grill. Mix and match the perfect pellet combinations for the best smoky flavors.

The Memphis Grills Elite Built-In Pellet Grill Also Features:

  • A grill chamber design for even heat circulation, so no rotisserie is required.
  • A bonus Genie Multi-tool™  – one side for cleaning, one side for grilling. 
  • An intuitive digital control box with automated recipes and preset temperatures makes cooking a snap.
  • The Elite Direct Flame™ inserts to grill and sear over an open flame.

Notable Accessories & Upgrades:

  • Elite Grate Kit adds 408 sq. inches of cooking surface.
  • Memphis grills heat shield kit.
  • Elite Built-In Cover.
  • Pick up a few additional Memphis Meat Probe(s).
PROs

Remarkable set-it-and-forget-it results.

With the pellet grill’s exceptional temperature control – you get the best cooking results, even on the coldest winter days.

The well-crafted 8mm stainless steel cooking rods let you achieve the perfect sear marks every time.

Proprietary Memphis Grills technology and standard tools included.

Fantastic customer support from a quality-driven company

CONS

The Elite comes with a single temperature probe.

The digital temperature control system is not integrated into the grill.

Long cool downtime.

Grill requires a dedicated circuit/switch.

With no separate rotisserie accessory, the pellet grill is reliant on fan-propelled 360° heat.

Many grillers and chefs love the Memphis Grills Elite 28-inch built-in pellet grill’s durability and cooking performance. Others describe issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, rendering the app useless.

Customer Support: Fantastic and reliable online customer and tech support available via phone, email, and social media.

Warranty: Memphis Grills Elite 28-inch built-in pellet grill carries a seven (7) year “free from defects” limited warranty from the purchase date. Electronic and electrical components under a three (3) year replacement warranty and the meat probe warranty is 30 days.

While we agree with the manufacturer when they say the “Memphis Elite is truly a revolutionary cooking appliance,” the single meat probe and the separate Wi-Fi temperature control system places limits on this built-in grill’s flexibility. Fortunately, there is a freestanding option

“Best Buy – Best Built In Pellet Grill”

#3 Memphis Grills Pro Wi-Fi Controlled 304 Stainless Steel Built-In Pellet Grill

Best Buy
Memphis Grills Pro Wi-Fi Controlled 304 Stainless Steel Built-In Pellet Grill - Best Built In Pellet Grills

🔥HOT FEATURES:

✅ Heavy-duty 304 stainless steel construction

✅ Dual walled and sealed build

✅ 8mm diameter stainless steel cooking rods

✅ Dual convection fan system

✅ Integrated Wi-Fi controller and free Memphis Mobile App

✅ Direct Flame Insert

✅ Dual automatic augers

✅ 18-lb capacity pellet hopper

The Memphis Grills Pro uses the same technology and innovation as the Memphis Grills Elite 28-inch built-in pellet grill. 

Built with the same dual-walled, 304 solid stainless steel and dual convection fans, you’ll still achieve 36 hours of cooking time. Even with some scaled-back features, the Pro performs like its bigger counterparts.

For example, the dual-bin pellet hopper offers two chambers that hold 9 pounds of pellets. No worries about the mix and match flavors!

The footprint of the Memphis Grills Pro is a tad smaller. The grill measures 28″ H x 28″ W x 29″ D and weighs 165 pounds.

You’ll cook on 574 square inches of cooking space, and if you add the Memphis Grills Elite Grill Grate kit, you’ll get an additional 275 square inches! Cooking temperatures for the Pro model range between 180° – 650° F.

If you want to cook over an intense open flame, Memphis Grills has you covered. Direct Flame™ technology is built-in to the Pro pellet grill too!

The Memphis Grills Pro Built-In Pellet Grill Also Features:

  • A unique grill chamber design allowing for even heat circulation. No rotisserie is required.
  • A bonus Genie Multi-tool™  – one side for cleaning, one side for grilling. 
  • Use the intuitive digital control box with automated recipes and preset temperatures.
  • The Elite Direct Flame™ inserts to grill and sear over an open flame.

Notable Accessories & Upgrades:

  • Small Grate Kit for Pro model
  • Pro Built-In Cover
  • Memphis Meat Probe(s)
PROs

Enjoy endless hours of wonderful set-it-and-forget smoking time.

Direct and indirect heating technology offers excellent reverse sear.

Proprietary Memphis Grills technology and standard tools included.

CONS

The Pro’s venting system is not compatible with all countertop installations.

A digital temperature control system is not integrated into the grill.

This grill comes with no separate rotisserie accessory – reliant on fan-propelled 360° heat.

Many grillers and chefs give the Memphis Grills Pro built-in pellet grill five stars for three reasons: the solid build, dual convection fans/augers, and long cooking times. Other owners proclaim that during installation, the grill’s vent placement can cause water leakage to the storage drawers when the grill gets exposed to inclement weather.

Customer Support: Fantastic and reliable online customer and tech support available via phone, email, and social media.

Warranty: Memphis Grills Pro built-in pellet grill comes with the same seven (7) year “free from defects” limited warranty, 3 year electronic and electrical components, and 30-day meat probe warranties, respectively.

Memphis Grills Pro is a substantial investment and a reliable pellet grill, which one owner gave a rating of 5 stars, stating, “the grill engineering is second to none.” That’s a big PRO in our book! The manufacturer has promised a follow up on the venting system addressed by several users. Stay tuned.

“Best Buy – Best Built In Pellet Grill”

#4 Coyote Built-In Pellet Grill

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Coyote Built-In Pellet Grill - Best Built In Pellet Grills

🔥HOT FEATURES:

✅ Heavy-duty 304 stainless steel construction

✅ Double-walled hood with a gasket

✅ Wind-guard to protect against drafts

✅ Front loading, 15-lb pellet hopper

✅ Dual auger “Smart Drop” pellet feed system

✅ Heavy duty, laser-cut 304 stainless steel cooking grates

✅ Included interchangeable burn pot grates

✅ Dual fan convection system

Coyote’s mission is to enhance the lives of its customer’s “outdoor living aspirations.” Fire up the Coyote built-in pellet grill, and you’ll see that mission in the quality construction and engineering.

100% 18-gauge, 304 solid stainless steel construction makes this built-in pellet grill an outdoor go-to for any food you want to cook.

Fire up the grill with a reliable and well-made 120V electric power ignition.

The stainless steel spring-assisted double-walled gasket hood latches at 90 degrees, offering you two-handed cooking ability.

Cook, grill, bake and smoke with temperatures ranging from 175°F – 700°F. The Coyote built-in pellet grill uses a dual fan convection system to move radiant heat throughout the grill, while the industrial-style auger continually and evenly distributes the pellets.

Coyote’s front-loading 15-pound capacity pellet hopper features a Smart Drop™ pellet feed, meaning you don’t have to worry about the number of pellets entering the auger the entire time you’re cooking.

Your steaks, burger, chops, chicken, and more touch down on laser-cut stainless steel cooking grates, and to get your food to crispy brown perfection on the outside, Coyote includes their smoke & sear grate.

And if that isn’t enough cooking options, Coyote also offers grillers their signature Versa-Rack™, which provides multiple cooking surface areas.

The 21-burger main grilling surface area measures 594 square inches, and the additional and very generous 214 square inch warming rack is perfect for your delicate veggies, prawn skewers, and whole fish fillets.

It gets even better. The Coyote built-in pellet grill also features a wind guard to keep temperatures optimal and avoid a blowout.

The high-tech looking digital temperature control panel is integrated at the front of the grill and uses an intuitive digital touch control for accurate temperatures to 1 degree.

Three led-lit temperature probes come standard with the Coyote built-in pellet grill, and interior lighting makes nighttime grilling a breeze!

The Coyote built-in pellet grill measures 36″ H x 27″ D x 31″ H and weighs 216 pounds.

The Coyote Built-In Pellet Grill Also Features:

  • Its unique interchangeable burn pot grate and removal tool for easy cleanup.

Notable Accessories & Upgrades:

  • Cover available. 
  • Insulated jacket. 
  • Freestanding cart version (+$600).
  • Pellet Grill Vacuum.
  • POWER Burner – with or without Cart. Add Coyote signature Wok, and Teppanyaki Griddle to customize your outdoor cooking appliance collection and compliment the Coyote pellet grill cooking experience.
PROs

Ability to grill in any lighting.

Dependable grill probes while grilling and multitasking, and prepping other foods.

Cooks using best-in-class dual fan convection & dual auger cooking system.

Two proprietary cooking technologies included: Versa-Rack™ and Smart Drop™ pellet hopper.

Generous cooking surface area.

Comprehensive manufacturer warranty.

CONS

Without an alarm system on the grill, it’s difficult to indicate when the pellet grill has reached an optimal temperature setting.

No integrated Wi-Fi.

Many grillers and chefs say that their Coyote built-in pellet grill is THE SHOWPIECE of the backyard!

The grill holds optimal temperatures, has a dependable pellet feeding system and auger, and provides the perfect smoke.

One user with no grilling experience grilled 60 times in 5 months and felt like a pitmaster when using the Coyote built-in pellet grill! With the lack of an intuitive Wi-Fi and integrated alarm working in tandem with the probes, grillers feel this “miss” by the Coyote development team should be addressed in the next iteration of this Coyote built-in pellet grill.

Customer Support: Fantastic and reliable online customer and tech support available via phone, email, and social media.

Warranty: The Coyote built-in pellet grill warranty is impressive. 5-year limited cooking grids, 2-year limited flavorizer bars (auger), 2-year limited electric/plastic components, 1-year limited ignition systems/valves, limited lifetime stainless steel frame/housing, and limited lifetime stainless steel burners. Coyote covers all metal components under warranty for no rust and burn-through.

#5 Louisiana Grills Estate Series 304 Stainless Steel Built-In Pellet Grill

Louisiana Grills Estate Series 304 Stainless Steel Built-In Pellet Grill - Best Built In Pellet Grills

🔥HOT FEATURES:

✅ Heavy-duty 304 stainless steel build

✅ 579 square inch 304 stainless steel main grilling area

✅ Auto-start electric igniter

✅ Adjustable flame broiler for direct heat searing

✅ Digital Control Center with meat probe

✅ 28-pound hopper capacity

✅ Hood mounted thermometer

The Louisiana Grills Estate Series offers you the best in grilling, roasting, and smoking your favorite foods!

A robust 300-watt auto igniter and one-touch auto start button work with Louisiana Grills proprietary exhaust system and digital control center oven board using full-function programmable meat probes.

Louisiana Grills Estate Series built-in pellet grill measures 43.75″ W x 24.33″ D x 27.5″ H and weighs 194 pounds.

The two-tiered, cast-iron cooking surface area measures 579 square inches (primary) and an additional 281 square inches (warming) for 860 square inches.

A heavy-duty 304 stainless steel body, front drawers, and cabinet doors ensure that the grill maintains superior heat retention.

Use the Louisiana Grill’s built-in pellet grill digital temperature control system to heat quickly and reach internal temperatures between 180° to 600° F.

The Louisiana Grills Built-In Pellet Grill Also Features:

  • A direct heat adjustable flame broiler to get the perfect sear.
  • Grill body that offers ample storage space.
  • The grill comes with LG’s standard award-winning best in class 5 year warranty.

Notable Accessories & Upgrades:

  • Cover available. 
  • LG Chicken Throne. 
  • Freestanding cart version (+$600).
  • Grill Mat.
  • All-in-One Grill Tool.
  • Three-piece Tool Kit.
  • LG’s easy to use grease bucket and liner pack.
  • Magnetic Bamboo Cutting Board.
  • Extra External Probe Kit (2).
PROs

Easy to maintain smoking temperatures.

Attention to detail provides grillers optimal heat retention, cooking, baking, and smoking capabilities.

Budget-friendly (under $2,000).

Cast iron cooking surfaces.

CONS

Minimal information on the manufacturer website, link to product manual broken.

Grill overheats/breaks circuit repeatedly and needs reset.

No rotisserie feature.

Limited one-touch temperature control system.

Many grillers and chefs say that their Louisiana Grills’s built-in pellet grill offers dependable radiant heat and the perfect amount of smoke. Users of this grill also say that it is imperative to set the desired temperature and then let the pellet grill stabilize to that temperature; otherwise, it can heat spike and burn or overcook the food.

Customer Support: Customer support is available through a Start A Chat/Email feature after registering the product and creating a free LG account. Contact through social media is limited. Connect with LG through their SmokeIt app available on Android and iOS.

Warranty: Recently, Louisiana Grills updated their warranty to 5 years to cover all the steel and electrical components.

Buyers Guide – What To Look For In A Built-In Pellet Grill

If we asked you to make a list of the essential features or factors to consider when investigating a new built-in pellet grill, the following would be imperative.

  • The built-in pellet grill construction should be of quality all 18-gauge 304 stainless steel construction – including the motor that powers the auger.
  • Dual lined hood.
  • Self-feeding pellet hopper.
  • Stainless steel auger motor.
  • Contain a minimum of 2 convection fans to move and distribute even radiant heat.
  • Wi-Fi connected “walk-away” digital temperature control system – including preset food temperatures – with Smart probes.
  • Cool-down technology or alarm/alert system is integrated into the temperature control system when the grill reaches optimal temperature. (If the built-in pellet grill IS NOT Wi-Fi enabled)
  • THE WARRANTY and customer support. Never buy a pellet grill without taking a tour of the manufacturer’s website.

Now that you’ve got the list of features and factors let’s check out the four types/styles of pellet grills.

Luxury – All stainless steel construction. Built-in with freestanding options. Widest temperature range. Internal temperature reflects the digital temperature control system. The manufacturer offers or includes sear, charcoal, and other interchangeable cooking grids and components.

Premium – Double-walled insulation. All stainless steel interior. Barrel-shaped grill body. More vertical space equals more cooking surface area. Built-in downdraft exhaust. Smoke retention in the barrel Cycles evenly over and under the food.

We included the premium basics so you can get a side-by-side understanding of a completely freestanding version of a built-in pellet grill and how much more superior a built-in pellet grill is in terms of functionality and reliability.

Built-In Pellet Grill FAQ

User Tips And Product Care Guide For Your Built In Pellet Grill

What Type Of Power Is Required To Cook On A Pellet Grill?

Built-in pellet grills require electricity to run the hopper, move the pellet towards the fire pot, and all of the temperature displays and control panel.

What Is The Shelf Life Of The Wood Pellets?

Depending on what region of the country you live in and the humidity – low six months, high three months – it is imperative to store your wood pellets in an airtight gasket-sealed container in a dry area—moisture and wood equal rot.

What Is The Average Pellet-Burning Time?

Typically wood pellets will burn 1-1.5 pounds per 1 hour. For example:

Category Meat Type Smoke Temp Burn time per pound

Target internal temp.

BEEF Brisket 250° F 1 hour  195°F
PORK Baby Backs 225° F 4 to 5 hours 165°F
CHICKEN Whole Chicken 250° F 1 hour 165°F
SEAFOOD Salmon 200° F 2.5 to 3.5 145° F
LAMB Leg 225° F 6 to 8 160° F

Am I Doing The Environment A Favor Using A Pellet Grill Versus A Charcoal Grill?

Since the wood pellets are a renewable source and you’re using electricity instead of burning with lighter fluid, Mother Nature appreciates your kindness.

What About Pizza?

Glad you asked! Pizza on a built-in pellet grill is as winner-winner as chicken dinner!

Is It EASY Or HARD To Light A Built-In Pellet Grill?

As long as your built-in pellet grill is plugged in (to a dedicated circuit) and the pellet hopper is full, all you need to do is push the igniter or primer button, depending on your model.

Once the auger primes the fire pot with pellets, set the grill to the desired temperature to smoke your food!

And the best part is, you can typically get the pellet grill up and running within 5 minutes. Bye charcoal!

I Love To Use Wood Chips When I Smoke. Can I Use Wood Chips In My Built-In Pellet Grill?

Absolutely not in the hopper and auger system. The built-in pellet grill auger isn’t a wood chipper or grinder. Specially designed wood pellets roll through the auger towards the firepot.

Also, wood pellets are flavored like wood chips and come in many varieties.

I Live In A Region Prone To Freezing Weather. Can I Still Cook With A Built-In Pellet Grill?

Of course! Although to retain as much heat as possible in cold weather, we recommend covering the built-in pellet grill with an insulated blanket, significantly when temperatures drop below 35°F.

If you’ve thought of something that hasn’t been covered so far, reach out to the manufacturer for answers to your burning built-in pellet grill questions!

Final Thoughts On Buying The Best Built-In Pellet Grill

We say this a lot: grilling is all about balance.

The amount of time you spend preparing the food, the way you choose to cook your favorite foods, the proximity to the flame on the grill, the time it takes for each side of the thick and robust foods to sear, and the delicate morsels to achieve their peak flavors vary greatly depending on the type of grill your cooking on or in.

It’s a dance between the griller and the flame.

Built-in and freestanding pellet grills will go from being avant-garde to a more standardized way of outdoor cooking.

There is something extraordinary to behold about the combination of simplicity and cooking power of a pellet grill.

And, as you begin to find out all of the fantastic ways to cook with a built-in pellet grill, and the air in the backyard permeates with the lingering aromas of childhood, you’ll understand why the infused flavors you can achieve with a pellet grill are second to none.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our reviews of the top 5 best built-in pellet grills for 2021.

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Cheers,

Patrick

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